Find a list of the names of soldiers who fought in the Vietnam War by visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., or by viewing the names online at TheWall-USA.com. Both the physical location of The Wall and the virtual wall honor those soldiers who fought in the Vietnam War, whether living or dead. As of 2015, there are 58,272 names listed on the memorial.
Jan Scruggs and several fellow veterans founded the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund in April 1979. Scruggs himself served in Vietnam in the 199th Light Infantry Brigade from 1969 to 1970. The organization's founding purpose is to acknowledge and recognize the service and sacrifice of all Americans who served during the Vietnam War. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund lobbied Congress for a two-acre plot of land within Constitution Gardens.
Senator Mathias of Maryland and Senator Warner of Virginia supported the effort. President Jimmy Carter approved, and on July 1, 1980, he signed legislation that provided the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund a site within Constitution Gardens near the Lincoln Memorial. Work on the wall began in March 1982, with a dedication following eight months later.
As of 2015, the U.S. National Park Service cares for the memorial.